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only

1. adjective this and no other2. adjective best, ideal3. adverb nobody, nothing, nowhere etc except4. adverb for no other reason than, in no other situation than5. adverb no earlier than, as recently as6. adverb merely, just7. adverb just (emphasising a negative outcome)8. conjunction
phrases
1 adjective this and no otheran t-aon  c m uthat's the only thing I can do sin é an t-aon rud atá mé in ann a dhéanamh, sin a dtig liom a dhéanamhI was her only friend mise an t-aon chara amháin a bhí aici 2 adjective best, idealhe's the only man for the job níl a shárú le fáil don jab, níl a bhualadh ann don jab, is é an t-aon duine don jab éthat's the only way to do it sin an t-aon slí chun é a dhéanamh, sin an t-aon dóigh amháin lena dhéanamhonly you can save me tusa amháin a tharrthálfaidh mé, tá mo tharrtháil ort
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3 adverb nobody, nothing, nowhere etc exceptit's only found in the tropics níl fáil air ach sna trópaicí, sna trópaicí amháin atá fáil aironly in Japan did the brand sell sa tSeapáin amháin a bhí díol ar an mbranda, ní raibh díol ar an mbranda ach amháin sa tSeapáinparking for customers only páirceáil do chustaiméirí amháin 4 adverb for no other reason than, in no other situation thanI can go to the meeting but only if you give me a lift ní bheidh mé in ann dul chuig an gcruinniú ach amháin má thugann tusa síob dom, beidh mé in ann dul chuig an gcruinniú má tá i ndán go dtabharfaidh tusa bealach domshe's his friend and that's only because she pities him is cara leis í agus an t-aon chúis atá leis sin go bhfuil trua aici dó, is cara leis í toisc go bhfuil trua aici dó agus ar an gcúis sin amháinshe's only here for the food an bia amháin a thug anseo í, ní bheadh sí anseo murach an biaonly when you're happy with it will we begin to work on it ní thosóimid ag obair air go mbeidh tusa sásta leis 5 adverb no earlier than, as recently asonly on Monday did I hear about it níor chuala mé faoi go dtí an Luanit was only yesterday I was talking to her inné féin a bhí mé ag caint léi, bhí mé ag caint léi díreach inné only now ní go dtí anois, anois féinthe vegetables are only now starting to grow anois féin atá na glasraí ag tosú ag fás, ní go dtí anois féin atá na glasraí ag tosú ag fás, níl na glasraí ach ag tosú ag fás 6 adverb merely, justach  c m ushe has only two weeks left níl ach coicís fágtha aici, níl fanta aici anois ach coicísI was only joking! ní raibh mé ach ag magadh!it was only a dream ní raibh ann ach brionglóid 7 adverb just (emphasising a negative outcome)this only added to the trouble is amhlaidh a chuir sé sin leis an trioblóid, is é an chaoi gur chuir sé sin leis an trioblóid 8 conjunctionach  c m uit's like a dog, only bigger tá sé cosúil le madra ach é níos mó
phrases

sb can only do sth

1 expressing the minimum action possible in a situationyou can only do your best ní féidir leat ach do dhícheall a dhéanamh, is leor do mhór a dícheallI can only go on appearances níl agam ach na comharthaí 2 when giving an explanation for lack of any otherní foláir nó ...caithfidh sé go ...is cosúil go ...I can only conclude she hates me caithfidh sé go bhfuil an ghráin aici orm, ní foláir nó tá an ghráin aici orm, is cosúil go bhfuil an ghráin aici orm

God only knows

(also

heaven only knows

, Lord only knows

, goodness only knows

) is ag Dia amháin atá a fhiosníl a fhios agam beodheamhan a fhios agam ó Dhia anuasníl a fhios agam ó thalamh an domhain

it's only fair

(also

it's only right

, it's only polite

) is ceart goníl ann ach an ceartis ceart agus is cóirit's only right to mention it is ceart é a lua, níl sé ach ceart é a lua

not only ... but also

(also

not only ... but

, not only ...

) they're not only less expensive but better ní hamháin go bhfuil siad níos saoire ach tá siad níos fearr, ní hamháin gur saoire iad ach is fearr iad chomh maith

only I ...

(also

only it ...

) níl ann ach ...excuse me, it's only I have to leave now gabh mo leithscéal, níl ann ach go gcaithfidh mé imeacht anois

only just

1 very short time agoanois díreachanois beagtamall gearr ó shinit's only just begun níl sé tosaithe ach anois beag, níl sé ach díreach tosaithe, anois go díreach a thosaigh sé 2 nearly notar éigeanar éigean Déwe were there in time, but only just bhíomar ansin in am, ach ar éigean é

the only thing is

(also

only thing is

informal) an t-aon rud faoian t-aon rud mar gheall aironly thing is, I've lost the key an t-aon rud faoi, tá an eochair caillte agam; níl ann ach gur chaill mé an eochair

only to do sth

she went out to buy milk only to find the shop closed chuaigh sí amach chun bainne a cheannach ach bhí an siopa dúnta roimpi

only too

1 very (speaking of sth deplorable)the crew is only too aware of the problem with the boat is rómhaith atá a fhios ag an gcriú céard atá cearr leis an mbád, faraor is maith atá a fhios ag an gcriú cad atá mícheart leis an mbád 2 willing, eager, etcthey'll be only too happy to help you beidh siad breá sásta cuidiú leat, níl uathu ach lámh chúnta a thabhairt duit

you only have to do sth

you only have to look around níl agat ach féachaint thart, níl ort ach breathnú timpeall, níl le déanamh agat ach amharc

you're only young once

ní thagann an óige faoi dhó choíchení bheidh tú óg ach an t-aon uair amháin

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